Created the long-running TV game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! He founded Merv Griffin Enterprises and Merv Griffin Entertainment.
He played piano and sang in his high school choir, which helped raise money for the school.
He hosted his talk show The Merv Griffin Show from 1965 until 1986.
He married Julann Wright in 1958. He credited her with coming up with the Jeopardy! concept.
He hosted The Price is Right for about a week while Bill Cullen was out on a trip.